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  1. 1. Jesus Christ, the Good News Chapter 5
  2. 2. Chapter Notes Jesus Christ is both truly divine and truly human at the same time—true God and true man. The Word of God is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the most complete expression of God’s word. When Jesus taught the New Commandment, he called us to love one another in the same way that he loves us.
  3. 3. Chapter Notes The major theme of John’s Gospel is that Jesus Christ is the Word of God who became a human being and lived among us. The word gospel means “good news”. A parable is a short story or message. The major theme of Matthew’s Gospel is that Jesus fulfills the promises that God made to his people in the Old Testament.
  4. 4. Chapter Notes Jesus Christ came to proclaim the good news to everyone, especially those who were poor, hungry, sick, lonely, homeless, or treated unfairly. The Gospels of Mark, Luke, and Matthew, which present the good news of Jesus from a similar point of view, are known as the synoptic Gospels. The Incarnation is the truth that the Son of God, the second Person of the Blessed Trinity, became man and lived among us.
  5. 5. Chapter Notes The word synoptic means “a viewing together. The Gospels of Mark, Matthew, and Luke are known as the synoptic gospels. The Gospels are found in the New Testament in the bible. The Word of God is the Son of God, the most complete expression of God’s word.
  6. 6. Chapter Notes The Gospel of Luke emphasizes Jesus’ concern for all human beings. The Gospel of John explains that Jesus Christ is the Word of God who became a human being and lived among us. The Gospel of Matthew highlights Jesus’ Jewish heritage. The Gospel of Mark portrays Jesus as one who suffers with humanity and shares God’s love with humankind
  7. 7. Chapter Notes In Matthew’s Gospel, because Jesus teaches people how to follow God’s laws in the Sermon On the Mount, Jesus is shown to be a “new Moses.” The parables about the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son are parables about God’s love and forgiveness toward humankind.
  8. 8. Curriculum Facts The bible is used by Catholics which contains seven other canonical books called deuterocanonical books. They are as follows: 1. Tobit 2. Judith 3. 1 Maccabees 4. 2 Maccabees 5. Wisdom 6. Sirach 7. Baruch The Bible, especially the New Testament, is to be studied, prayed and lived.
  9. 9. Curriculum Facts The scripture scholars offer some insights regarding the author, date of writing and the audience for who each of the four gospels were addressed. 1. Matthew- an apostle of Jesus, is the author of one of the four Gospels written possibly between 80 and 90 AD to a Jewish- Christian audience. 2. Mark- is thought to have been Peter’s interpreter/ translator and co-worker, Mark wrote his Gospel in the mid or late 60’s AD probably to the Christians in Rome. 3. Luke- was a physician, Paul’s companion and collaborator; he wrote a gospel between 80-85 AD to a varied audience in the rather large city of Syrian Antioch; Luke is also the author of the Acts of the Apostles. 4. John- an apostle of Jesus, wrote a Gospel between 90 and 100 AD probably in Ephesus, a part of present day Turkey; the audience for whom this Gospel was written was probably the followers of John who formed Christian communities and other Christians of the time.